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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

The movie Slumdog Millionaire is finally out on DVD! I was lucky to be able to go see it at the local theater, but for those of you who didn't, I strongly encourage you to see this movie!

It won 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
It's the story of a young man who is a contestant on the Hindu version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. During the film, he looks back on his life, showing how he knew the answers to the questions. It's the story of Jamal and his brother Salim, and Jamal's love Latika.
It's also a story of incredible brutality. Many of the scenes are truly hard to watch, mostly because there is truth to them! These things actually happen, or have happened! There is some violence in this movie. Unthinkable things happen even to small children. It is at some points incredibly heartbreaking. This is NOT a movie to take your young children to, though teens can handle it. Actually, I would encourage parents to take their teens to see this movie so they can learn how life is in other countries. It makes me so glad to live in a country where even when you are poor, you have so much more than these children!

Mostly though, the movie is about Jamal and his irrepressible spirt, and his faithfulness and love for a woman who he never forgets and still hopes beyond hope to be with again,...
...Latika, who he has loved since they were about 7 or 8. The children in this movie are portrayed by children actually living in the slums in Mumbai (or Bombay to those of us who are older). You will fall in love with these children, I swear!

The reason that Jamal goes on TV on Who Wants to be a Millionaire is because he hopes Latika will see it and contact him.

Does he succeed? Will they be reunited? Does she still love him too?

You'll just have to watch to see!

I love the music in this movie. My favorite is at the end of the film where they are dancing, Bollywood style.

Well, as many times as I've tried, I still haven't figured out how to add a video from YouTube, so if you want to see the video, click here.

The Pussycat Dolls also made their own version of the song in English. It's not too bad and also includes the original singer from India in their version. You can find that one here.

I love the videos because they are so full of energy and exuberance and happiness!

8 comments:

Picket said...

Hey Kady...hope you are having a great week girl...sounds like a good movie but I couldn't watch it if it involves cruelty to children...girl stuff like that messes with me so bad and I can't get it out of my mind for days..just watching the news about children being killed or tortured gets me crying for days...thanks for coming by hope you start seeing signs of Spring each day!

Smilingsal said...

I haven't been to see this because I can't take violence in films OR in real life. I'm glad you enjoyed your time out.

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Would you believe I had no clue what this movie was about? And guess what? I have a neighbor named Latika!

Justine :o )

Helen said...

Hi Kady! I soooooooooo agree with you about this movie - it was done so well!

I also wanted to tell you how impressed I am with your bathroom make-over done on a budget ~ with tons of creativity thrown in! Good job!!!

HiHo said...

I wasn't able to join the family when they went out to see it. Now I'm really looking forward to seeing it...thanks.
Heidi

bj said...

I have to admit that I skimed over your descriptioon of the movie because I have no idea what it's about and wanted to be surprised. I have heard that it is WONDERFUL and a MUST=SEE...I will check it out. Thanks, Cady.
I hope things are going smoothly for you...
xo bj

Happy To Be said...

Hey Kady..I beat its a great movie...but I could't watch anything that hurts children in any way..thanks for coming by girl..Hope all is well in your world today..How is your job doing? May you have a great SUNDAY...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Shelia said...

HI Kady! Thanks for the review, but I haven't seen it either. I think this movie would upset me! I'm too much of a softie.
Hope all is going well in your new place!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)